It's time to do the applique on these 3 blocks. I have a few hints for you. Blanket stitched fusible applique does not usually need a stabilizer, because the fusible web basically becomes a stabilizer. But, if you are having trouble with the stitch puckering, try using spray-on starch to help stiffen the fabric. I learned this method from Sue Nickels, an incredible applique artist and author. Before you bond your shapes to the background, spray starch the background and iron until dry. Apply several coats until the background is very stiff. Works great!!
Another tip for taking care of the loose threads is to pull them to the back (pull up on the bobbin thread or pop the top thread into a self-threading needle and stitch to the back). Pop all loose threads into the needle and slide the needle under several stitches and then clip. The back looks much neater and there is no chance for renegade threads to be seen from the front.
Check out how neat the Bat looks when most of the threads are treated this way.
Now for the stitching order for the Bat:
- Left and right wing (stitches will be on the black fabric and not very visible)
- Line between inner & outer left ear (stitches will be on the black fabric and not very visible)
- Line between inner & outer right ear (stitches will be on the black fabric and not very visible)
- Outer edge of ears and head section
- Bottom of head
- Eyes and eyelids
The stitching order for Mrs. Monster:
- Left and right bolt
- Hair stripe
- Left edge of face from bottom of neck to hairline
- Right edge of face from hairline to bottom of neck
- Eyes and eyelids
The stitching order for Mr. Monster:
- Left and right bolts
- Forehead hairline
- Head, starting at left neck edge stitching all the way around to right neck edge
- Top edge of v-neck
- Shirt, starting at left shoulder stitching all the way around to the right shoulder
Congratulations! We have 5 blocks almost finished. I will demonstrate the satin stitch for the detail lines next month. If you have any questions, please comment below or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next month we will be working on the Pumpkin, Vampire, and the Witch.
For now, Happy Stitching!